SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ernest Chavez of Albuquerque is the sixth legislator to announce plans to retire from the 70-member House.
The 77-year-old Chavez said Monday his age and health were among the reasons he will not seek re-election. He missed the 30-day legislative session because of medical problems, but will continue serving through December when his term expires.
Chavez has represented an Albuquerque area district since 2004.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University history professor Jon Hunner has been tapped to serve as interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors
Hunner will start in early May after the spring semester.
The museum's current director, Frances Levine, will be heading to St. Louis this spring to take over at the Missouri History Museum. Her last day is March 16, when the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined is set to close.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Two Las Cruces municipal employees are accused of falsifying public documents, diverting resources to work on a private project and misappropriating materials paid for by the city.
Las Cruces police say 43-year-old Robert "Bob" Medina Jr. and 31-year-old Jesus "Chuy" Vasquez work for the city's transportation department.
Police say both were arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of forgery and two counts of conspiracy.
They say Medina also is facing two counts of embezzlement and Vasquez one count.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.
Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. But officials won't know what caused the leak until they can get underground to investigate. That could be weeks.
LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Court documents say a 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his 12-year-old friend struck him following an argument over the teen's infant daughter.
The arrest warrant affidavit, first obtained by KRQE-TV, says the 15-year-old suspect hit Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, on the left side of his head, then placed him under a mattress in a field outside Los Lunas.
Valencia County Sheriff's Capt. Gary Hall says the suspect's daughter is around 4 months old.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a measure that calls for studying the effects of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington.
The nonbinding memorial passed the House 31-28 late Wednesday.
Under the measure, the Legislative Finance Committee would conduct the study and report its findings later this year. The committee will be looking specifically at state revenue and agricultural production levels as well as addiction rates and the availability of law enforcement resources.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces has convicted a Chinese national of running a ring that helped immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.
After about three hours of deliberations, the jury found Hai Gan of The Colony, Texas, guilty of all 64 counts of fraud and other charges stemming from allegations he helped the immigrants fraudulently obtain the licenses.